To recap the recent Phillies hurricane horrors: On Thursday, it was announced that Sunday’s Phillies – Marlins game would be moved to Saturday afternoon as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05pm. But as the weather forecast got uglier, the Phillies re-scheduled the Saturday night game to Thursday, September 15. But they still insisted that the day game would go on.
And then today, the forecast got worse again. But this time, the Phillies did not act promptly. This time, they screwed up….a lot.
Granted, the Phillies cannot predict the weather. And on his 1210 radio show earlier today, Seth Everett made that point. However, he also scolded angry fans for driving to the game, which he felt would never get played today, because they could have looked at a radar map. Really? So if we could look at a radar map at 8:00am and decide not to go, why couldn’t the Phillies look at the same map and call the game off?
Because I live two hours away, I made the drive. I figured I had a 50/50 chance at seeing a game. I am not a meteorologist, so I had to give it a shot. Because if the game was played and I stayed home, I lose the money I paid for the ticket. Not cool.
So I chose to drive and stopped repeatedly to check in with all of the media outlets on Twitter, which Mr. Everett also suggested. Not one media person on Twitter had any official information on the game being cancelled. And during my two hour drive, the weather looked okay.
Again, the Phillies had the same radar I had to look at. But I understand them attempting to get the game in. I just do not understand why, after it had been steady raining for hours, they waited so long to call it off.
If I lived closer, I could have waited to see what the weather was like and probably would not have gone. But a two hour drive makes waiting to the last minute impossible, unless I am willing to risk losing the ticket.
I feel like the Phillies should have acted faster and cancelled the game way earlier or even played a double-header on Friday. Instead, they waited until 10 minutes after the scheduled start time to announce it was cancelled so the 12,000 fans (a Phillies estimate on attendance) who did show up had sat around for hours for nothing. And the boo’s rained down on the Phillies front office, along with the hurricane, as fans exited the building.
Adding insult to injury, both of the last two Sunday games have now been re-scheduled for daytime weekday games. Most fans, like me, who have the Sunday season ticket plan chose that for a reason. because we have JOBS during the week to go to. Now we have TWO weekday day games that most of us cannot attend because we have to work.
Seriously, I am thoroughly disgusted. Today’s game, which was supposed to be Sunday’s game, is now re-scheduled for Thursday, September 15 at 2:35pm as part of a day/night doubleheader.
Mr. Everett also had a suggestion for this issue. He says you should sell your tickets on StubHub and make a profit. Excuse me, Mr. Everett, but this is not a solution for me. Because I have a solo ticket plan and very few people will buy a single ticket. I have tried to sell them in the past at face value, not even for profit, and had NO success.
So I either have to eat the money for TWO games now or call out of work. Neither of these options are good ones.
I get that you cannot make everyone happy. If they change the September 20th 1:05pm game to a night game, some people who had the original Sunday, August 14th ticket will complain it is a night game. But the odds are very good that even more people are upset about it falling during a time when they have to work. Why can’t the Phillies go by the majority and schedule the previous Sunday game to a night game during the week?
Between the hurricane, the earthquake, school starting and all these missed games, my frustration level is through the roof. So thank you for enduring my rant. And if anyone would like to buy one ticket to either the 9/20 1:05pm game or the 9/5 2:35pm game, please feel free to e-mail me.
And if you also went to the non-game today, please share your story in the comment section. Thank-you :O)
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On Thursday, the Phillies announced that Sunday’s Phillies – Marlins game would be moved to Saturday afternoon as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05pm. With hurricane Irene on the move towards the east coast, the Phillies chose to be pro-active in their approach to the schedule.
However, as the weather forecast continues to worsen, the Phillies made yet another pre-emptive move. The Saturday night, August 27th 7:05pm game has been re-scheduled to Thursday, September 15. The time has not been decided yet, but that officially removes the final off-day on the Phillies schedule before the end of the regular season.
Confused yet? To recap, the Sunday, August 28 game will now be played on Saturday, August 27 at 1:05pm. The Saturday night, August 27 game will be played on Thursday, September 15.
And all this is happening after an east coast earthquake on Tuesday, which is pretty much an unheard of event in this area. Is the world coming to an end? We sure hope not. But the weather certainly is throwing a wrench into this baseball season.
I have a ticket for Sunday’s game, which means I am going tomorrow and crossing my fingers that the 1:05pm start time on Saturday will actually happen without another weather disaster. If so, I will return with photos.
In the meantime, here is a video slideshow for you to enjoy and remember happier weather days. These were taken in D.C. this past May at a Phillies – Nationals game. It is J-Roll Smurf and his adventures at Nationals Park!
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The Phillies – Marlins game scheduled for 7:05pm tonight was cancelled due to rain. The new date is Wednesday, June 15th at 1:05pm as part of a day-night doubleheader.
So tomorrow afternoon, Cole Hamels will pitch. Game time is 1:35pm.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some interesting baseball information with you since there is no game and therefore, I have nothing else to do ;o)
Zach Hample, known better as the Baseball Collector, has written a new book entitled, “The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.” As the title implies, it is all about the actual, physical ball used in MLB.
One of the secrets it reveals is that each ball is stamped with invisible ink at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica. This is some quality control measure that probably links back to the actual person who hand-stitched the ball.
Curious, I looked at some of my baseballs under a black light to see what I could find. Here is a ball I got through a Phillies Charity grab bag. It is signed on one side by Ryan Howard. On the other side, here is what you see both with and without the blacklight:
Pretty cool, eh? I checked out a number of balls and some had the stamp, others were worn away by the cleaning solvent that is used at the end of processing the baseballs.
Try it and let me know what you find!
I am going to the game tomorrow and will return with photos. See you there!
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While it was delayed by one day due to rain, the rematch of Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson finally took place tonight in Philly. Their last meeting was in Miami for Halladay’s perfect game on 5/29 where the Phillies won by a score of 1-0. The same score stood tonight through 8 innings, except it was in favor of the Marlins.
Both starters pitched through those same 8 innings and Johnson did not budge. He allowed just 3 hits while Halladay got into trouble in the first inning. Halladay loaded the bases with no outs and still, escaped with only one run allowed. After that, he did not budge either. Stalemate.
Then came the 9th inning; Danys Baez has been hit or miss for the Phillies bullpen all year. He had a bad April, a really good May and now in June, he has allowed a run in each of his last 3 games pitched. Tonight it was a homer to put the Phillies in an 0-2 hole that seemed insurmountable.
Sure enough, the Phillies offense could not get anything done in the 9th and went down to the Fish by those 2 runs. Yes, another shut-out; it was their 6th time being shut-out in the last 17 games. At least this time, it was against one of the best pitchers in the National League so, it is not as shocking.
Yesterday’s rain-out has been rescheduled for Labor Day on September 6th as part of a split doubleheader at 1:05pm. Tickets from Wednesday’s rain-out are good for that day and time. The regularly scheduled 7:05 pm game will go on as planned.
Charlie Manuel will coach the NL All-Star team again this year and has just announced his staff. The Phillies coaches will all be going, as this is the usual tradition. In addition, Manuel has named Padres‘ manager Bud Black and Giants manager Bruce Bochy as his coaches. Sean Cunningham, head athletic trainer of the Marlins, and Keith Dugger, head athletic trainer of the Rockies, will also join the team.
The players will be announced on July 4th after voting ends on July 1st at midnight, with 4 more days to cast the final vote for the one extra player on each team after that. So do not forget to keep VOTING for your Phillies All-Stars! Here are the team links for the Phillies Phollowers All-Star campaign:
Vote up to 25 times per day, per email address.
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Last night’s game against the Marlins was postponed due to rain. The rescheduled date has not been announced, but it may take place in September when the Fish return to Philly. So the Roy Halladay – Josh Johnson rematch will take place tonight instead; game time is 7:05pm.
Likely due to the recent offensive slump, many Phillies are falling out of the All-Star race. Chase Utley and Placido Polanco are still in first place at their positions, but others will need some extra help.
MLB is trying something new this year where you can “campaign” for your favorite players. I made a campaign for each of the Phillies on the ballot. You supposedly earn “points” every time someone votes for your player through a special link. Then you move up through the ranks from a volunteer to a coordinator to a manager, etc…
They are not giving prizes or anything other than the satisfaction of knowing you helped out. So, let’s think of this as an interesting experiment…click on one of the links and cast your votes. I will give periodic updates as to how many “points” we are accruing and see if it really makes a difference. Remember you can vote up to 25 times a day, per email address. Have fun!
The Phillies have reportedly agreed to terms with Philly-local and first round draft pick, left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle. The specific terms have not been announced, but it is safe to say he will be in Phils farm system instead of going off to college.
Here are the rest of the draft results:
2nd round – RHP Perci Garner, Ball State
3rd round – Catcher Cameron Rupp, University of Texas
4th round – LHP Tennessee Volunteer Bryan Morgado
5th round – RHP Scott Frazier, Upland High School
Rain interrupted another South Florida game last night. Is Florida the sunshine state or the rainstorm state? It is hard to tell which at this point. So the Phillies and the Marlins will have to reschedule the called game and start from scratch. Oddly enough, the only reason this week was supposed to be a four game series, instead of three, is because MLB rescheduled the 9/21 game to this past Thursday after the NFL announced that the Miami Dolphins would be hosting a Monday night football game on 9/21. You would think the NFL would have respected the already in place MLB schedule, but that is not how it turned out.
And now the rained out game will likely have to be played that same week in September as it is the only time the Phillies will be returning to South Florida this year. No official plans have been announced, but expect a doubleheader, probably on 9/22.
As for today, the two teams will try once again to get a game in without Mother Nature throwing a wrench into the situation. Friday’s game featured a 1 hour and 18 minute rain delay and the game took 4 hours and 12 innings to play; yesterday, the game was rained out after just over one inning. And today? Scheduled for a 1:10pm start time, keep your fingers crossed for dry skies in Miami. JA Happ takes his 6-0 record to the mound and is planning on a Fish Fry. Best of luck to him!
The Monday night game against the Padres has been postponed due to Mother Nature. With everything that has happened to the Phillies in the first 2 weeks of the season, it makes you wonder, what is it all about? The World Series celebration continuing, getting the rings, the passing of our friend Harry Kalas, and so far, two games rained out; is this an omen of sorts? Could it be one huge set-up for a repeat victory? Or maybe just a sign that this is going to be a very long, sad season? Time will tell…
Hoping to see life return to normal for the Phillies, there is a new series set to begin tomorrow night against the Brewers. The pitching will all get bumped back a day so Jamie Moyer will start tomorrow at 7:05pm, barring any more weather related incidents. If you are going to the game, like I am, be forewarned; the Flyers will be playing across the street at the Wachovia center and parking will be a nightmare! Get there early!
Speaking of Mr. Moyer, The Philadelphia Daily News reported today that Jamie will be dubbed Dr. Moyer on April 30th. Saint Joseph’s University is giving him and his wife, Karen both honorary doctorates; specifically, they will each receive a degree as a Doctor of Public Service for their charitable work with the Jamie Moyer Foundation. Jamie graduated from St. Joe’s in 1985 and is a 1999 inductee in their athletic Hall of Fame. Now when he has a bad game he can just tell Charlie Manuel, “Damn it Chuck, I am a doctor, not a pitcher!”
Now, just think how much more fun that quote would have been if Jim Fregosi was still our manager? Oh well, we do love our Charlie :O)
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